Who is protected by the ADA?

The ADA covers people with both physical and mental disabilities. One must meet the ADA requirement of a “qualified individual with a disability” who can perform the essential functions of a job without a “reasonable accommodation.”

There are three different groups of individuals who are protected under the Act.

  1. A “qualified individual” with a physical or mental impairment that “substantially limits” a “major life activity.”
  2. A person who has a record of a disability
  3. A person who is regarded as having a disability.

Persons with HIV, diabetes, heart disease or certain emotional illnesses are covered by the ADA. Some conditions, such as illnesses resulting from current illegal drug use, are specifically excluded under the ADA.

Dear valued clients:

Our office is aware of the Covid 19 situation and is taking measures to keep our staff safe during these difficult times. For the immediate future, we will not be meeting in person with any of our clients. However, all of our clients can reach us by telephone, email at chicagolegalnet@yahoo.com or by facsimile at 630-451-9477. Our office remains open and we will continue our work as usual. We feel this is best for everyone concerned.

If you have recently suffered an injury from a work related accident and would like to retain our services, the entire process can be done by telephone, electronic and/or regular mail. We have operators available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Please feel free to contact us anytime at 312-661-0450 and speak with one of our experienced and knowledgeable attorneys. Once this is has passed, we will gladly meet with you in person to answer any questions or address any concerns you may have.

Thank you for your patience and consideration. Be safe and stay healthy!


Donald Fohrman
Donald W. Fohrman & Associates, Ltd.